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Garbage, more worries as trash piles up in New York City

By William Charles Baker     Jan 4, 2011 in World
New York - As New York City recovers from the accumulated December snow, "blizzard garbage" has become the next removal nightmare.
Some streets were left unplowed for a week amidst continued complaints against the Sanitation Department and Commissioner John Doherty. Addressed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in continuing press meetings, the Mayor took criticism from many including some political allies.
A reported 12 percent of the sanitation department force stayed out the day after the December 27 storm which was a 2 percent increase above normal reported a spokesman for the Mayor. Having begun to turn around the turmoil caused by the storm, the garbage has taken center stage.
The Bloomberg news reports that Commissioner Doherty said: “Today we started an aggressive approach to clean up the waste that has accumulated,” he said in a press conference in Manhattan. “We’re still continuing to work on snow.” All of the city’s 6,000 miles (9,700 kilometers) of streets have been plowed, he said. About 1,100 garbage trucks began today to collect 50,000 tons of trash that built up while workers and vehicles were devoted to removing snow, he said. “
The task seems monumental but New Yorkers have been promised that an aggressive effort will be undertaken to get the streets clean of the garbage.
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